Newsletter 13 February 2017

Newsletter 13.2.17

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Inclement Weather Update

Dear Parents/Carers

The winter is fast approaching and hopefully we will have an easy journey through the bad weather. However, it is important that we share with you our procedures for school closure should the weather become too bad. Throughout the winter we will endeavour to open school every day to make sure that children and their learning come first.  However, if the Schools Leadership feels that the weather would put children and adults at risk, we will close the school to ensure their safety.

There are 5 ways that we will inform you of our decision:

  1. We will send a text through schoolcomms so please make sure we have your most up to date number, (sometimes when the service is busy it can take a while for the messages to be arrive on your phone)
  2. Listen to Dearne FM 102 and 97.1 or check their website 
  3. Check our School Facebook page
  4. Check the post-it note facility on our School Website
  5. Update information on the Barnsley website 

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 09.46.13If it does snow but we feel that it is still safe to be open, please send your chid(ren) in suitable clothing so that they can get outside to play during the day.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind Regards

Donna Barker
Head of School  

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Reading Rich Competition Winners 

Our Silver winners of the family reading competition enjoyed a wonderful day out this half term for their prize. Their family prize of tickets for Cannon Hall Farm was enjoyed by all. A very well deserved day out after such hard work on their family project. Well Done! 
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Love is in the air ❤

This week in Reception we recieved a very special invitation to Rapunzel and the Prince’s wedding. To find out what happens on a  wedding day; we wrote a letter to Mrs Johnstone to invite her into Reception to talk about her own very special wedding day. The children loved looking at Mrs Johnstone’s wedding pictures and asking questions about her big day. On Thursday we all came in our special wedding clothes and had our very own wedding in assembly, afterwards had a little dance in the classroom to celebrate the wedding. 
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Rapunzel’s wedding

This week in the Early years has most definitely been full of love! On Monday we received an invitation to the Royal’s wedding. We were very excited and spent the next few days using our creative skills to make items ready for The Big Day!
We made confetti cones, a cake and wore our best wedding clothes for the celebrations. We had so much fun and Prince Charming and princess Rapunzel looked beautiful.
Have a happy half term families and see you in a week, Miss Ollivant Xx

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Internet Safety Day

Year Five’s Safety Internet Day was closely understood and listened to last week and the children gained a lot of knowledge. The children had to design their own icon to represent the message that they took from the assembly and input sessions. This could be anything from a sign to a new type of emoji and the designs were very varied and well-meaning! After the designs had been completed, the children chose their favourite one to represent the class – what do you think?


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Mad about Bar Modelling

This week we have continued to embed our addition and subtraction skills using bar modelling. Many of us have been able to use a bar model to solve a range of problems including missing numbers. In creative curriculum we have started putting our plans into action by using reclaimed materials to build a shelter for Puddles the penguin. This half term we have been learning all about keeping safe with a particular focus on our personal details. Tuesday 7th February was Safer Internet Day. We took part by completing the #giveasmile challenge using the information we had been learning.

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Rapunzel’s rescue!

This week in Early Years we looked for the Witch who had captured Rapunzel. We banned her from School and helped Prince Charming to rescue Rapunzel from the tower by thinking of ideas to reach her. Using our imaginative skills we have come up with our own clues to supporting our story of the week. Materials and fancy dress clothes have supported our creativity in becoming the characters from the tale.
We have continued to explore the different instruments and their noises indoors and out, investigating ‘loud and quiet’ along with our story. Also well done to our first 2 Nursery children who have reached 100 reads at home and received a book prize. Thank you to our families for supporting this, reading really does support your children.

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This week Y3 have been measuring each other to find out how many metres and cms they were.

We will use this information to produce bar charts and generate questions. We have also been learning about internet safety and how we can keep safe online. Our hero was Katie-Lea.


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Y5 had a fantastic time this afternoon with a set of planets top trumps.

 Using facts that they deemed to be the next, they quizzed each other to be the best player. After this activity was complete, the children designed their own set of top trumps cards about the space topic to make the ultimate set of cards. Which card was the best one to have?

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I believe in Angles!

That’s right…. angles not angels! This week, Year 6 have gone angle crazy! They have learned many new skills such as identifying types of angles, measuring angles, estimating angles and even drawing them. They have mastered the protractor and are more than ready to begin with calculating.

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Y5 Readers…

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Safer Internet Day

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today is Safer Internet Day. This is a National Day run by the INSAFE network and is celebrated every year across Europe, and in other countries worldwide. This year’s theme is ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’.

This day is a great opportunity to highlight internet safety awareness and all children will be having a special lesson in school today. It is also just as important to raise this awareness with parents and carers too. We have a number of leaflets available in school with a range of advice and information for parents and carers. Please call into Reception should you need any support with online safety.

To mark Safer Internet Day I am setting all families a very important e-safety homework task. Attached to this letter is a ‘Family Agreement’. This is something that Childnet suggest all families should take the time to make to keep everyone safe online. Conversations and rules around internet use are vital in ensuring children’s safety and making this agreement is a great way to do this.

Please see the attached documents to the left for some useful tips in completing this. 

All children who return their family agreement by Friday 17th February will be rewarded with 10 Bonus Homework Bravo Points and entered into a prize draw for a family prize.

Good luck!

Miss Barker

Head of School


Letter to Families

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Feeding the Penguins in maths

In maths we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. We used our bar model to develop understanding of subtracting by feeding the baby penguin. We continued to think about the northern lights in arts and have started to use shape and texture to create a scenery. In science we have been learning about animals. This week we focused on fish.

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A home for a penguin

Last week during creative curriculum we started to design a home for Puddles the penguin. We had to think about he design criteria which included having a door, window and dome roof. We focused our art work around penguins and the northern lights. During our computing session we continued to think about algorithms for our own crazy aliens. On Friday we enjoyed games outdoor as part of our weekly homework reward.

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Reception Reading Certificates

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